Alex Chilton was a superstar at 16 and later became a power-pop icon with Big Star. Sadly, his life offstage was less than dazzling.
All three of Big Star’s albums made Rolling Stone’s list of the “Greatest Albums of All Time.” No wonder artists from REM to the Posies cite the band as a major influence.
Clear your playlists. From Dylan to Dan Kelly to Wire, and lots in between, these are the artists you should hear now (if you haven’t already).